In the United States there are three levels of law enforcement, there is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the State Police, and the Local Police. These levels of law enforcement have many similarities and differences, the main being the duties of each.
First off, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the highest of the three law enforcement agencies. The goals of the FBI are to uphold the law through the investigations of crime, to protect the U.S. from terrorist activities, to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to international, federal, state, and local agencies. Their goal is to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and faithful to the Constitutional US. Being such a large organization, the FBI does this by braking itself into several different divisions, all specializing in something different.
Next, the State level agencies are the second highest enforcement agency. The State Police also have several duties. These duties include assisting the local police, operating identification bureaus, maintaining centralized criminal records responsibly, and patrolling the state’s highways.
Finally, the local law enforcement agencies are the lowest of the three levels. The local agencies
include the Sheriff, which is elected by the county.
The Sheriffs Department is responsible for serving court papers, civil summonses, maintaining security in courtrooms, and running county jails.
In conclusion, as you can see the FBI, State Police, and Local Police all have several important duties and responsibilities. Even though these duties may vary between agencies, they all work to achieve the common goal of protecting our country.